Scope and Content
Title: University of California Agricultural Cooperative Extension, San Joaquin County, Collection
Date (bulk): 1914-1952
Collection Number: Ms82
11.3 linear feet
San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum
11793 North Micke Grove Road
Lodi, CA 95240
Language of Material: Records written in English
Abstract: This collection documents the history of the University of California Agricultural Cooperative Extension in San Joaquin County
from 1914 to 1994. It affords insights not only into the relationship between the U.S. government, the University of California,
and San Joaquin County farmers, but also into the course of local agriculture during the first half of the twentieth century.
Also of note is material related to the history of the U.C. Agricultural Cooperative Extension Service throughout California,
related legislative issues, and the history of the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau. The collection includes staff reports written
yearly, monthly, and weekly; descriptions of projects and experiments; administrative files; published research; and photographs
of staff members, projects, experiments, technologies, educational programs, and farm animals.
Collection is open for research by appointment.
Conditions of Use
The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary
Preferred citation: [Item name], University of California Agricultural Cooperative Extension, San Joaquin County, Collection,
Ms82, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum, Lodi, California.
John P. Underhill Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1924-1967 (Ms39)
The University of California Agricultural Cooperative Extension Service traces its origins to the Smith Lever Act of May 1914,
federal legislation that established a system of cooperative agricultural services to work with public land grant universities
throughout the United States. It was founded to facilitate the transfer of scientific knowledge from the classroom and laboratory
to rural residents. One month later, the first representative from the U.C. Agricultural Cooperative Extension set up residence
in San Joaquin County. The program grew over the next half century, not only in the size of its staff and breadth of services,
but also in popularity and the extent of its involvement in rural San Joaquin County. Activities of the advisors included
troubleshooting diseases of plants and animals, conducting information sessions, demonstrating new farming techniques, engaging
in experiments, offering advice for housekeepers, educating young people, and sponsoring summer retreats. The program proved
crucial during World Wars I and II, not only for successful efforts to coordinate increased agricultural production, but also
for the role it played in addressing labor shortages.
Scope and Content
The University of California Cooperative Agricultural Extension Papers for San Joaquin County span the years 1914 to 1994.
The collection is arranged in six series: 1. Staff Reports, 2. Project Descriptions and Proposals, 3. World War II Initiatives,
4. Administrative Files, 5. Reference Material, and 6. Photographs. The bulk of the collection documents roughly fifty years
of involvement by representatives from the University of California Agricultural Cooperative Extension in one of the state's
major farming counties. They afford glimpses into the U.C. Agricultural Cooperative Extension itself, as well as rural society;
agricultural practies, education, and technology; plant and animal diseases; building construction; labor; household management;
and public administration.
Adriance, J. Willis
Anderson, Ivan E.
Baskett, Ronald S.
Benson, Lee C.
Burson, Ralph J.
Charles, Fred M.
Clayton, William F.
Connell, Grace C.
Cope, Helen P.
Crocheron, Bertram Hanford, 1882-1948
Courtney, Ruth P.
Creighton, D. E.
Dieter, Dan L.
Drennan, Marie A.
Estabrook, Loren A.
Emperan, Robert V.
Fleming, W. C.
Gaines, Peter C.
Gotelli, Rinaldo J.
Grass, J. F.
Harter, H. M.
Holmberg, David M.
Hutton, Granville A., Jr.
Kegel, Franz R.
King, Ray C.
Kissler, James John, 1926-2006
Kozeluh, Frank J.
Lert, Peter J.
Lyons, Frank F.
McCarty, James A.
Mackenzie, Elizabeth W.
Miller, Harry L.
Miller, Vernon D.
Mitchell, F. Gordon
Mitchell, Woodrow W.
Moore, Herbert A.
Morey, Elizabeth M.
Newberry, Ruby D.
Norton, W. D.
Patton, O. D.
Peters, Ruth E.
Robertson, Ralph Denny, 1885-1919
Sanborn, Ross R.
Sciaron, Richard H.
Schumacher, Ruth V.
Serr, Eugene Frank, 1898-1968
Spurrier, Frank M.
Stewart, Jean W.
Swanson, Clark H.
Stiles, J. E.
Tharp, George W.
Underhill, John P., 1908-2009
Van Schoik, Margaret
Weber, Albert E.
Wick, Carl M.
Williams, Carl J.
Wills, Elizabeth M.
Wilson, B. Craig
Wimer, Bernette G.
Wood, Mabel A.
Yarnell, Louise L.
Young, Robert D.
Agriculture--California--San Joaquin County--History
Farm Bureau (San Joaquin County, Calif.)
San Joaquin County (Calif.)--History
San Joaquin County Fair--History
University of California (1868-1952)--History
University of California Agricultural Extension Service. San Joaquin County (Calif.). Farm and Home Advisors Office.